VOTE Your Best Life

June 29, 2020

LJ Holloway For Congress for the 5th Congressional District in Florida. LJ Holloway stopped by to share with others on VOTE Your Best Life to share her Vision how Others can help, Teach unregistered voters how to make an impact and how we can get out to vote during the Elections in 2020. You can contact LJ Holloway for more information at http://www.lj4congress.com


DERRICK Interview with Judge Angela Cox

October 5, 2015

JudgeCoxEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Judge Angela Cox who is the 1st black female appointed in the 4th judicial circuit in Fl., A prominent & sought after speaker. Her passion-“to help others, find their purpose in life.”

In November of 2014, Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Cox to the Circuit Court bench. Prior to her appointment, she served as a County Court Judge for nine years… after being appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005.

She attended Tennessee State University as an undergrad and received her J.D. Degree from the University of Memphis School of Law.

Judge Cox serves her community by being a mentor, as a committed volunteer in her local church, as a volunteer for the Justice Teaching Initiative in Duval County Public and Private Schools… and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Judge Angela M. Cox is a Detroit native. Her story will have you in tears and leave you, inspired. From young-to old- Judge Cox engages her audiences – and leaves them with the desire to find their passion and purpose in life.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream was to become a member of the judiciary in the State of Florida. I achieved my goal and my dream became a reality when I was first appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005 to our County Court and then appointed in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott to our Circuit Court as the first African American Woman in the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University.

Juris Doctor from Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at the University of Memphis.

I use my degrees every single day since receiving them. I practiced Criminal Prosecution and I serve in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The ability  to motivate others to find their purpose in life.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

The process of knowing I was and am ready is continuous. When I was 17, my only sibling who was 18 was shot and killed. I knew then that I wanted to be a criminal prosecutor and one day a Judge. Getting to that place was no easy feat but as I moved in the direction of my goal, I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

My husband, Sgt. Travis Cox. He is an intelligent, articulate, hardworking, and valued member of our law enforcement community.  He embodies the definition of a professional. He makes me and everyone he encounters want to be their very best.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I grew up in less than ideal circumstances in Detroit, Michigan. My mother was addicted to drugs so my primary care was left to my grandmother and then my aunt when I was 15 and my grandmother died. I had a terrible attitude because I felt that life wasn’t fair but my aunt stressed that if I didn’t like the life I was living, to change it. So I did. Hard work, a better attitude,   taking responsibility for my actions, making better choices, choosing the right friends and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to me helped me to live my best life.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Live a life of integrity. Be a person of your word. Be on time, all the time. Have a vision for the areas of your life, write it down and make a plan to bring the vision to pass. Don’t let the answer “no” steal your dream, all you need is one yes.

Visit Judge Angela Cox for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Author Roy Glenn

February 12, 2014

RoyGlennEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Author Roy Glenn who is known as the master of urban suspense. Roy Glenn is the author of Treat Me Nice, Wanda’s Reign, The Indictment of Mike Black, Misunderstood, and Is It a Crime, which became a best seller and gave birth to the popular character, Mike Black.

Other novels in The Mike Black Saga include; Beneath The Surface, Out of Control, No Loose Ends, Prelude to War, Secrets of War and A Tale of Three Women. Roy is also a contributing author in the popular series Girls From Da Hood and Around The Way Girls.

His other novels include Crime of Passion, Body of Evidence and Ulterior Motive which feature the character, attorney Marcus Douglas. After Hour’s Tales, Doctor-Patient Confidentiality, Killing Them Softly: An Erotic Tale of Murder.

Roy was born and raised in The Bronx and currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he is working on several projects including, I Came to Bring The Pain, the next installments in The Mike Black Saga. And The Kimberley Process.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I have achieved so much and have so much to be thankful for. I love the way that I earn my living; writing. I love where I live; I have great friends and family that I love. I believe that is a major achievement in life. But I still have dreams and goals, which is to write a screenplay and see it produced on the big screen.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I went to college and since my craft is using the written word to tell a story, I can say that I get to apply what I’ve learned everyday.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Organization and discipline.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I decided to do it, then I woke up one morning and got started.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

The writer Aja. She is a great writer

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

You name it and it came at me. I just refused to surrender.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Decide what you want to do and get started, now. The world is waiting for what you have to offer.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Stay true!

Visit Author Roy Glenn for more information.


DERRICK Interview with The Health Care Concierge L.J. Holloway

November 27, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with the Health Care Concierge L.J. Holloway, the CEO of All About HealthCARE Advocates in Jacksonville, Florida.  When L.J. Holloway was unable to walk or talk and disgusted with the lack of care received by many while in the hospital, All About HealthCARE Advocates was born. The name was an immaculate conception that married a law degree (Advocate) and the words ‘premature death” (HealthCARE).

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream is to educate and enlighten all about health with care. We know that health care is two different words but it should be one word. People should be able to serve and help provide or help assist their health with care which is one.  With All About HealthCare Advocates we have the word CARE capitalized because care should be the core competence in health.  I don’t want there to be any  segment of society to be confused of any services that are available for their health.  Whether diagnosis, diagnostic or if it is a disease everyone should be enlightened and educated about their health.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

When I see a patient at the onset of a diagnosis that is afraid and is not empowered and does not know the importance of recording their information or knowing what their blood levels are but seeing a patient recover. These are two things that encourage me.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Advocates help patients to navigate through the system and accompany patients on appointments, and hospital visits.  When we are there with them we are not just a tape recorder but trained to have good listening skills. We listen early in the morning sometimes at 4 AM or 5 AM when the doctors are making their rounds. We take care of the administrative part of lives so that patients can focus on their recovery.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready in 2010 when I was on my sick bed.  I myself had a brain tumor and could not walk or talk. God gave me this vision in 2007 but I understood the demands of business and I did not want to manage employees and I certainly did not want to embark on a new enterprise that would require me to brand and work long hours.  I thought I was at the point in my life where I could rest and relax and not work long hours.

In 2010 a friend of mine was the franchisee of the year and I was going to support and that morning the Lord woke me up at 3 AM in the morning and I realized that I had to do it lest I die. This was my calling to fulfill.  I realized I was an advocate.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Other than my mother Helen Jackson Holloway and my late Grandmother Jewel Tunsill Holloway; MaVynee Betsch who was known as “The Beach Lady” is the great-granddaughter of  A.L. Lewis who was one of seven founders of the Afro-American Life Insurance Co., and sister to Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, who was president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C . and the first African American President of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. MaVynee lived in Jacksonville, Florida and was instrumental in the research to conserve and protect the environment.

Dr.  Kenneth Jones developed a technique for kidney transplants that is unique and has done many kidney transplants for people all over the world. Dr. Jones is presently the Chief of General Surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

My faith. God gave me this business and He is not a man that will lie. When he plants a seed it will come forth. The seed was planted in me in 2007 on my sick bed and the seed did not come to fruition until 2010 and I know that everything he says will come to pass and when I get a little weary I lean on Galatians 6:9.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Have a dream but before you pursue your dream make sure you write your dream down. When you write something down you retain it and more importantly it makes you think and process it. Have discipline. It will require discipline to get up on the days when you don’t want to get up and when they say it can’t or won’t be done. Be determined to meet the goal you set out to accomplish.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

When you are an entrepreneur everyone has ideas. Make sure you have the development meaning the fundraising if you are non profit or the funds if you are for profit to sustain your business before you can make a profit. This will help you stay afloat during the lean times as they will come.

Visit L.J. Holloway for more information.


5 Strangers I Met At Lunch

May 24, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In 2008 my wife and I were on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Fantastic Voyage and one day we both decided to go to separate events and meet up at a later time. When I went to lunch I saw a table with 5 people and I asked if I could sit with them. Everyone was cool. I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me. They knew each other.

Now it’s 2012 and I remember the lunch like it was yesterday. 2 of the 5 people I met that day I still communicate with on a regular basis. 3 of the 5 people at the table that day are now on the legal team for the family of Trayvon Martin and they are Benjamin Crump, Daryl Parks and Natalie Jackson. Their efforts have helped give birth to the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation. The JusticeTM is a non-profit organization that was established in March of 2012.  If you want get involved with this movement go to  www.justicetm.org for more information on ways you can support this cause.

The 4th person at the table was CoCo Brown who has appeared in movies, plays and had the independent music classic Sun Dress. The 5th person at the table that day was L.J. Holloway who was a lawyer back then but now has started a nonprofit organization called All About HealthCare Advocates.

Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson

Benjamin L. Crump is a principal with the Tallahassee firm of Parks & Crump, LLC. Mr. Crump has been recognized for his generous contributions to those in need, excellence in the legal profession and personal service to the community. Recently, Mr. Crump received the distinction as the first African-American to be named Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in recognition of his donation of $1,000,000.00 to the Legal Services of North Florida. Visit Benjamin Crump for more information.

Daryl Parks is a founding and managing partner of Parks & Crump, LLC. He hails from Haines City, Florida, and attended Florida A&M University on a Presidential Scholarship. While there, Mr. Parks was the first Student Body President elected to two consecutive terms and founded the National Coalition of Black College Student Governments. In 1992, Mr. Parks was selected as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s National College Brother of the Year and received his Bachelor degree in political science and economics. He graduated from the Florida State University College of Law in 1995 and had his first client only one day after being sworn into The Florida Bar. Visit Daryl Parks for more information.

Natalie Jackson is the founder of The Women’s Trial Group and has more than 13 years of combined leadership, media and legal experience. She is best known for her work advocating for the legal concerns of women and children and her work in the fields of criminal defense, personal injury, injury to children and wrongful death as it relates to women and their families as well as being featured with her high profile clients on: The Today Show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, CNN, Fox News, Headline News, and most local and state news channels. Visit Natalie Jackson for more information.

CoCo Brown is leader of The Phat Cat Players that sparked an Independent movement when their song “Sundress” began climbing Billboard’s hip-hop/R&B charts in early spring 2000. On the Parlane Entertainment label, the track first attracted attention when it was featured on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Coco has made appearances in the play Love In The Nick Of Tyme and the movie Madea’s Family Reunion. Visit CoCo Brown for more information.

L.J. Holloway is an Author, Advocate and student of  Aviation. A divine original willing to DO the impossible, to achieve the inevitable.  Her life’s mission is to educate and enlighten.  Ms. Holloway devotes her energy and efforts toward three of her passions: Books; an Annual Benefit; and Business (all of which are inter-related and born on the same day). Consistent with the three’s in her life, lj is a native and resident of Jacksonville, Florida who plays on Amelia Island at historic American Beach and works in the Nation’s Capital (Washington, D.C.). L.J. Holloway earned the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida College of Law and in her spare time enjoys fine dining, international travel and spending time with mature adults who impart wisdom. Visit L.J. Holloway for more information.

I wrote this to remind you that when you are amongst strangers you just might be entertaining angels.  I recently read in Reid Hoffman’s Book, The Start Up of You that the word company is derived from the Latin cum and pane, which means breaking bread together. You may never know when or where but sooner or later you will be breaking bread with great company.

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs as the Encouragement Speaker. For more information or to book Derrick Hayes for a meeting, conference or event email him at info@derrickhayes.com or call (706) 615-1662.


L.J.

October 22, 2011

There are people that you meet in your lifetime that are game changers. In 2008 my wife and I cruised the Fantastic Voyage with The Tom Joyner Morning Show where we met L.J. Holloway. L.J. was on a must needed vacation after having an intensive brain surgery. The journey she was on inspired her book What To Do When Life Hands You A Devastating Diagnosis.

After the cruise L.J. invited us to Jacksonville to attend her Celebration Of Life Annual Benefit. The 5th Annual Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Jacksonville Public Library atrium and courtyard and the guest speaker will be none other than Dr. Benjamin Carson.

I called to check on L.J. one day and it was like my spirit was interviewing her spirit. Through the spirit of L.J. I was given 5 things that others can do daily to succeed.

L.J. for Love Jesus. If you talk to L.J. for more than 5 minutes you will know off the bat the she Love Jesus. She tells me all the time that The Father gaves us His son so we can feel the Holy Spirit.

L.J. for Let Joy. Many stay sad and depressed simply because they won’t Let Joy in so they can Let Joy begin. Like the song says Don’t Worry Be Happy.

L.J. for Lose Junk. Are there people, places and things in your life that are not worthy of your time? Lose Junk so that you can make room for all the jewels that are ready to surround you.

L.J. for Listen Junior. Sometimes we get besides ourselves and don’t keep wise people with us. When we get out of line Listen Junior is what seniors will says to us to keep us in line.

L.J. for Lesson Journal. Don’t just write in your journal, look back from time to time and see how you were able to overcome. One day the one you confide in may not be around. In your journal you will have the insight that you can always turn to.

Since I first met L.J. she has gone from Attorney to Advocate and is the founder of All About HealthCare Advocates in Jacksonville, FL.